Bright Idea: Start a bike-loan program in your building

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
February 24, 2010 - 11:45AM
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If you’re like us and your bike use doesn’t really justify your two-wheeler’s cost, upkeep, or monthly storage fee, then maybe it’s time to start an in-house bike-loan program .

One Upper West Side co-op recently did just that, says its managing agent, Kevin Mitchell of Douglas Elliman Property Management.

Here’s how it works at 262 Central Park West:

  • Residents contribute underused bikes, including road bikes (thin tires), mountain bikes (straight handlebars/thicker tires), and childrens’ bikes
  • The building pays a local bike shop to clean them up, and the building staff looks after them on a regular basis
  • Residents and accompanying friends can borrow bikes anytime so long as they sign a release form held by the doorman
  • Helmets aren’t included and bikes can’t be checked out all day or overnight
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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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